Alternative Pain Treatments: What Works
Pain is the principle reason most people seek health care, whether it be conventional medical care or complementary alternative care. Pain management options abound, but sometimes it’s difficult to know the full range of options available to you. Explores some of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain,the symptoms that accompany it and the alternative pain treatments—methods for managing or eliminating your pain that are safe, conservative, and effective.
Some of the most common types of musculoskeletal pain are:
- Muscle pain: pain associated with muscle injuries; may involve spasms and cramps.
- Bone pain: dull, penetrating pain caused by trauma or other injuries.
- Tendon and ligament pain: pain caused by strains and sprains, respectively.
- Joint pain: pain within your joint; often accompanied by swelling and inflammation.
- Nerve pain: a burning or tingling pain associated with nerve entrapment.
- Fibromyalgia: diffuse pain felt in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
Causes & Symptoms
Musculoskeletal pain may be caused by any of the following:
- Blunt force trauma
- Repetitive movements
- Poor posture
- Inappropriate footwear
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slips and falls
Musculoskeletal pain varies in intensity and duration, depending on the underlying cause of the pain (and whether it’s acute or chronic). Symptoms that accompany musculoskeletal pain vary from person to person, too. Some of the most common symptoms that occur with musculoskeletal pain include:
- Localized or widespread pain
- Stiffness and aching in your joints and soft tissues
- Muscle twitches or spasms
- A burning sensation in your muscles
- Decreased joint range of motion
- Sleep disturbances
The conventional approach to pain management typically involves pain medication, including acetaminophen, NSAIDS, and—in severe cases—opioids. But many people are searching for alternative pain treatments that produce comparable or superior results with far fewer side effects. Alternative pain treatments include:
- Therapeutic massage
- Relaxation and biofeedback techniques
These alternative therapies have produced beneficial results for many people. But results are not always consistent. One alternative pain treatment that has proven reliable and effective is manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). MUA is a specialty discipline within the chiropractic profession, though some medical doctors also perform this powerful pain-relieving technique. Research indicates that MUA works in eliminating chronic musculoskeletal pain in at least 80 percent of patients, which is an astounding success rate.
MUA is an outpatient procedure performed over a 3-day period in a hospital setting. This complementary alternative approach to pain involves gentle stretching and adjustive techniques delivered by a highly trained chiropractic physician while you are mildly sedated. Many patients who try MUA do so because other treatments—conventional and alternative alike—have failed to produce lasting results. MUA offers hope and the realistic possibility of long-term pain relief to chronic pain sufferers.
Meet with Dr. Wolstein to discover the full potential of MUA for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Wolstein offers a free consultation with anybody interested in MUA and its healing effects.